Civil Partner Visa
Partner & Family Visa
Want to join your UK settled legal partner and can meet the financial requirements.
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You must be legally recognised as being civil partners and can apply for entry clearance from outside of the UK or possibly switch to a Civil Partner Visa from within the UK if you meet certain requirements.

How can we help you today?

How can we help you today?

Civil Partner Visa

Civil Partners are permitted to enter the United Kingdom under the UK Civil Partner visa category if they are British citizens, citizens of the European Union or of the EECAA, and they want to join, or stay with, a British Civil Partner in the UK. Civil Partners who live outside the UK can also apply for a UK Civil Partner visa if they plan to return to the UK with you.

You must already be legally recognised as being Civil Partners and be able to prove this.

Civil Partner Visa can lead to you obtaining Indefinite Leave to Remain and becoming a British Citizen if you meet the qualifying requirements along the pathway. At UK Immigration Solicitors, we are passionate about all thing’s immigration. As a multi award winning nationwide law firm, we are proud to offer a truly global service. We have assisted clients from more than 120 countries over the last 10 years. We are proud to innovate and lead the immigration law industry.

Back in 2012, after carefully listening to the frustrations of clients who could not find reliable immigration advice online, we pioneered the provision of legal representation for immigration cases online. This was a revolutionary transition and since our innovations, there have been a whole multitude of online immigration service providers. UK Immigration Solicitors are immensely proud of our reputation and our ability to deliver a truly global, comprehensive service to our clients without the need for them to step foot outside of the comfort of their own home in most cases.

Faqs

UK Visas & Immigration requires the following requirements in order to grant you a SPOUSE VISA:

  • If your partner is a British national, holds indefinite or limited leave to remain under the Appendix EU or be entitled to limited leave under the Appendix ECA;
  • both of you are over 18 years of age;
  • the two of you have met in person and are legally married;
  • You intend to live together permanently; Your relationship is genuine;
  • Any previous relationships have ended permanently;
  • No public funds are required to support you in the UK;
  • You and anyone with you in the UK has adequate accommodation;
  • The level of English that you understand and speak is sufficient.
  • Depending on your circumstances, you may need to satisfy different requirements so it is strongly advisable to confirm your eligibility  in advance of making an application.

UK Visas & Immigration requires the following requirements in order to grant you a Civil Partner Visa:

  • In your case, your partner is British, holds indefinite residency, limited residency under Appendix EU, or limited residency under Appendix ECAA;
  • You are both at least 18 years old;
  • You have met in person and are in a civil partnership legally;
  • the relationship is sincere, and both of you intend to live together indefinitely;
  • Prior relationships have permanently ended;
  • Public funds will not be needed for your maintenance in the UK;
  • Your accommodation and that of your dependents will be adequate;
  • you will speak and understand English at a satisfactory level.
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Depending on your circumstances, you may need to satisfy different requirements so it is strongly advisable to confirm your eligibility  in advance of making an application.

You will need to meet a financial requirement in order to demonstrate that you can properly maintain yourself in the UK without using public funds.

If your Civil Partner (or both of you if you have legal residence in the UK) is applying for a Civil Partner visa, you will be required to demonstrate that they have a gross annual income of at least:

  • £18,600; plus
  • £3,800 for a first child (who is not British, settled or an EEA national); plus
  • £2,400 for each additional child (who is not British, settled or an EEA national).

 The following are ways to meet the financial requirement for the UK Civil Partner visa:

  • salaried and non-salaried income
  • self-employed income
  • salary and/or dividends from a company of which you are a Director
  • property rental income
  • dividends
  • An income from investments, stocks, bonds, or trust funds, pensions, insurance payments, and maintenance payments.
  • At least six months’ worth of cash savings above £16,000* (unless they can be proven to be from the sale of property or investments within the last six months).
  • In some cases, it is possible to satisfy the financial need by combining the above sources of income.
  • When your partner receives certain benefits, there will be different considerations.

UK Visa & Immigration aims to process 95% of applications for UK Partner visas within 12 weeks after they are submitted.

In the event that you are in need of a faster visa processing timeline, most visa centres outside the UK offer settlement priority service. At every stage of the decision-making process, your UK Civil Partner visa application will be placed in the front of the queue. It normally takes 30 working days to process a UK Civil Partner visa via the Settlement Priority Visa Service.  If the visa application is well-prepared, the process can be sped up.

From within the UK, you will be able to choose between two processing timelines when applying to switch into or extend your Civil Partner status. Your in-country application will be decided within 8 weeks if you apply via the Standard Service. In most cases, you will receive a decision on the next working day after providing your biometric information if you apply through the Super Priority Service.

If you are successful in your application for a UK Civil Partner Visa, your visa will initially last for 33 months. 

Once this period comes to an end, and subject to you being able to demonstrate that you still meet all of the requirements and there have been no changes in your circumstances e.g. a breakdown in your relationship, you are required to extend your leave as a Civil Partner. 

In the case of a Civil Partner applying for leave to remain in the UK, you will be granted 30 months’ leave if your extension application is successful.

In the real world, we understand that things don’t always go to plan.

It’s important to understand that whilst the Civil Partner Visa is an immigration pathway to settlement, this is subject to ongoing compliance with the immigration rules.

There are many considerations such as:

is the relationship subsisting and genuine??

has there been any breakdown in relationship?

Have there been any changes in income?

Are there any criminal convictions?

You may apply for indefinite leave to remain if you are married to a British citizen or a settled person for five years and have met the immigration rules along this journey.

UK Immigration Solicitors are experts in this area and our team are able to ensure that you remain compliant with the rules throughout your immigration journey.

You may need to prove your knowledge of the English language when you apply.

When you do not need to prove it

You do not need to prove your knowledge of English or take a test if one of the following is true:

  • you’re applying as a child
  • you’re applying as an adult coming to be cared for by a relative
  • you’ve been in the UK on a family visa for 5 years and you’re extending it as a partner or parent
  • you’re over 65
  • you have a physical or mental condition that prevents you from meeting the requirement

You also will not need to prove your knowledge of English if you’re a national of one of the following countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Malta, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, USA

How to prove your knowledge of English

You can prove it with an academic qualification, or by taking a test.

Academic qualifications

You can prove your knowledge of English if you have a degree or academic qualification that was taught or researched in English.

If your qualification is from a UK university or college, you only need your degree certificate.

If your qualification is from a university or college outside the UK

You’ll need to provide a certificate from Ecctis (formerly UK NARIC) to show that your qualification is equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree or higher and that it was taught in English.

There are 2 kinds of certificate:

  • a statement of comparability
  • a visa and nationality statement

You need a statement of comparability if you got your qualification from a university or college in one of these countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Malta, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, USA

If you got your qualification from a university or college in any other country, you need a visa and nationality statement.

Take an approved English language test

You can prove your knowledge of English by passing an approved English language test.

You must pass at least level A1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale for your first visa application. You can choose to take a higher level test.

If you pass level B1 or higher, you can use your test result again when you apply for settlement after 5 years. Your test still needs to be on the approved list of qualifications and your test certificate must not have been withdrawn by the test provider.

If you are outside of the UK

You can only take a SELT with one of the following providers:

  • Pearson
  • Trinity College London
  • IELTS SELT Consortium
  • LanguageCert

 

If you are outside of the UK

You can only take a SELT with one of the following providers:

  •  Pearson
  • PSI Services (UK) Ltd
  • IELTS SELT Consortium

LanguageCert

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Free Initial Assessment

Revieve a free, no obligation assessment. The free assessment is carried out by an expert member of our Assesments Team. We’ll identify your needs and objectives and figure out what your options are and whether you meet the requirements. We’ll also explain exactly how we can help and issue you with a no obligation detailed proposal to take your case on. You decide if you want us to help you through the journey having now understood your options.

1-1 Legal Consultation

If we can help you and you have accepted our proposal of service, we’ll get you booked in for a one to one legal consultation with a lawyer.

This is normally done over the phone but can be facilitated in person too if necessary.

During the legal consultation with a fully regulated expert solicitor, we will explain of the detailed requirements of your chosen visa type and check and rectify any problems and create a legal strategy and documentaton list.

We’ll also give you a step by step guide of your tailored road map.


Documentation

During the legal consultation, our lawyers will discuss documentary requirements. We’ll explain exactly which documents you’ll need to support your application. We’ll work with you to ensure we have everything we need and address any issues your personal circumstances present. Together, we’ll ensure we have all of the required documentation.

Strategic Assistance

It’s rarely the case that you will have the correct documents available in a format which is acceptable to UKVI without our help.

Too often, we see clients have followed poor internet guides, made assumptions or followed a strategy which worked for someone they know.

We ensure we have a winning strategy in place and provide proactive advice on how to overcome any challenges you face.



File Submission

We’ll work with you through every step of the way to ensure that we have everything we need are we are both happy with your application by sharing a draft with you. Once you have confirmed you are happy with our prepared application, we will submit this for you via secure transmission. We assist with all elements of booking necessary appointments and related processes.

Visa Granted

Having submitted your application, we’ll guide you on how long we can expect the process to take.

We will monitor the application decision and where possible, will proactively review and liaise with the Home Office.v

We’ll deal with any queries raised and make any required legal respresentations for you.



UK Visas & Immigration requires the following requirements in order to grant you a SPOUSE VISA:

  • If your partner is a British national, holds indefinite or limited leave to remain under the Appendix EU or be entitled to limited leave under the Appendix ECA;
  • both of you are over 18 years of age;
  • the two of you have met in person and are legally married;
  • You intend to live together permanently; Your relationship is genuine;
  • Any previous relationships have ended permanently;
  • No public funds are required to support you in the UK;
  • You and anyone with you in the UK has adequate accommodation;
  • The level of English that you understand and speak is sufficient.
  • Depending on your circumstances, you may need to satisfy different requirements so it is strongly advisable to confirm your eligibility  in advance of making an application.

Free Initial Assessment

Revieve a free, no obligation assessment. The free assessment is carried out by an expert member of our Assesments Team. We’ll identify your needs and objectives and figure out what your options are and whether you meet the requirements. We’ll also explain exactly how we can help and issue you with a no obligation detailed proposal to take your case on. You decide if you want us to help you through the journey having now understood your options.

1-1 Legal Consultation

If we can help you and you have accepted our proposal of service, we’ll get you booked in for a one to one legal consultation with a lawyer.

This is normally done over the phone but can be facilitated in person too if necessary.

During the legal consultation with a fully regulated expert solicitor, we will explain of the detailed requirements of your chosen visa type and check and rectify any problems and create a legal strategy and documentaton list.

We’ll also give you a step by step guide of your tailored road map.

Documentation

During the legal consultation, our lawyers will discuss documentary requirements. We’ll explain exactly which documents you’ll need to support your application. We’ll work with you to ensure we have everything we need and address any issues your personal circumstances present. Together, we’ll ensure we have all of the required documentation.

Strategic Assistance

It’s rarely the case that you will have the correct documents available in a format which is acceptable to UKVI without our help.

Too often, we see clients have followed poor internet guides, made assumptions or followed a strategy which worked for someone they know.

We ensure we have a winning strategy in place and provide proactive advice on how to overcome any challenges you face.

File Submission

We’ll work with you through every step of the way to ensure that we have everything we need are we are both happy with your application by sharing a draft with you. Once you have confirmed you are happy with our prepared application, we will submit this for you via secure transmission. We assist with all elements of booking necessary appointments and related processes.

Visa Granted

Having submitted your application, we’ll guide you on how long we can expect the process to take.

We will monitor the application decision and where possible, will proactively review and liaise with the Home Office.v

We’ll deal with any queries raised and make any required legal respresentations for you.


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